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Programming

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
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Prof. Mahdi Abu-Omar

University of California, SB

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Prof. Andrew Dove
University of Birmingham

Prof. Elizabeth Gillies

Western University

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Prof. Dr. Michael Meier

Karlsruhe Inst. of Tech.

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Dr. Kate Beers

NIST

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Dr. Jeanette Garcia

IBM

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Dr. Brett Helms

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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Prof. Charlotte Williams

University of Oxford

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Prof. Jinwen Zhang

Washington State University

INVITED SPEAKERS
  • Prof. Jeffrey Byers, Boston College

  • Prof. Paula Diaconescu, UCLA

  • Prof. John R. Dorgan, Michigan State University

  • Prof. Chris Ellison, University of Minnesota

  • Prof. Thomas Epps, University of Delaware

  • Prof. Robert Grubbs, Stonybrook

  • Prof. Sophie Guillaume, CNRS

  • Prof. Lian Hutchings, University of Durham 

  • Prof. Li Jia, University of Akron

  • Prof. Andrea Kasko, UCLA

  • Amy Landis, Colorado School of Mines

  • Prof. Frank Leibfarth, UNC

  • Prof. Zhibo Li, ICCAS

  • Prof. Stephen A. Miller, University of Florida

  • Prof. Karin Odelius, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • Prof. Brad Olsen, MIT

  • Prof. Coleen Pugh, Wichita

  • Prof. Michi Sander, ETH Zurich

  • Prof. Joe Stanzione, Rowan Univ.

  • Prof. Jane Wissinger, University of Minnesota

EVENT FORMAT:

  • Sun- Late afternoon for Registration, welcome remarks, programming, and reception

  • Mon – Full day of programming with extended afternoon break for site seeing/networking and evening networking reception and poster session

  • Tues – Full day of programming and evening networking reception

  • Wed – Half day of programming

POSSIBLE TOPICS INCLUDE
  • Polymers from renewable feedstocks

  • Renewable polymer blends and copolymers

  • Polymers prepared from biocatalysts (enzymes, microbes, and other organisms) including polymers from lignin depolymerization products

  • Renewable polymer composites (renewable fillers and their dispersion/interface in polymer matrices)

  • Challenges from an industrial perspective for implementation of green materials

  • End-of-life behavior: polymer recycling (physical and chemical routes) and degradation (in composts, oceans, etc).

  • Challenges and current art for life cycle assessments (LCAs) to quantify the sustainability of green polymers